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Boots No7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser

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Brand: Boots / Type: Cleanser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, brightens / Product line: Boots No7

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      30.09.2012 23:45
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      Luxurious cleanser

      I bought a No.7 gift set for Christmas, well, to be honest, I got it free as part of the 3 for 2 promotion they run every year. I didn't actually need it but as the assistant pointed out, I might aswell choose something and after a quick search I decided this would be a great set to keep in-case I had forgotten someone or for a birthday. What actually happened is that I left my usual cleansing wash on the side of the bath and my middle son squirted it all into his bath water the next day. So, a little desperate I opened the gift set for the Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser and spoilt myself!

      The cleanser in the set was a little 50ml sampler but I have since bought it from Boots in it's usual 200ml. It's rrp is £9.95 which is on the pricey side for me, but No.7 products are so often on offer, either 3 for 2, or with a skincare voucher that the prices are brought down to a more reasonable range. The muslin cloth was included with both sizes.

      The bottle is an opaque white and cylindrical. The dispenser is a pump action, you just depress the whole of the pearly white top piece and once dose (about the size of a five pence piece) is enough to cover the whole face. There is a clear cap to protect the dispenser, but it doesn't stop the product slightly solidifying in the small dispenser opening if not used for a couple of days. The base can be seen moving up the tube as it is used so you know when to run to Boots and buy more. The brand and product name are printed on the front in the usual clear and plain type and the directions for use and customer care addresses are on the back in very small type.

      The cream itself is thick and white, it looks more like a moisturiser, not as runny or gel like as most cleansers. It spreads well over the skin using clean fingertips and sould be massaged into dry skin in circular motions. It also feels like a moisturiser and sinks into your skin quite quickly. It does feel a little heavy and greasy, the fragrance is a bit heavy for me too, quite floral which isn't my favourite but only a trace is left when removed. The muslin cloth is very thin, the instructions are to run it under comfortably hot water and then place it over your face. I presume the heat is to draw out any impurities and soften the skin. The cloth isn't quite big enough to comfortably cover the whole area, I like to press it into the contours of my nose too as that is where I get both blackheads and dry skin so I usually rinse the cloth back out and apply again, two or three times. Afterwards the cloth is used to polish off the product from the skin, again in a circular motion. You are then advised to splash your face with cold water to close the pores.

      I've been really happy with the results from this product. It is very relaxing using the hot cloth and my skin is left very clean from the polish from the ever so slightly rough muslin cloth. My skin feels very soft to the touch although maybe slightly greasy still, so I just use a little less moisturiser. I do think my skin looks brighter too. The splash with cold water is something I have adopted after using any facial wash now and as a result I definitely get less blackheads around my nose. I do have a couple of little gripes, one being the size of the muslin cloth, I wish it were a little bigger. Using this product takes a bit of time to apply, heat and relax under the hot cloth and then polish, it would be quicker if I didn't feel the need to apply the hot cloth more than once and also the heat only lasts a second, a thicker cloth might hold it longer. The good news about the cloth is that it can be rinsed out with soapy water very easily to keep it clean and hygenic. I also do not like the fragrance, I can put up with it, but I would find it more relaxing if I actually liked it.

      If you are used to buying Clinique or more expensive brands you will probably find this cheap, but for me it is quite expensive, even with a £5 voucher! I combat this by only using it once or twice a week, usually if I can find time for a nice relaxing bath before bed. To be honest, I think it's a little rich to be used daily anyway.

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        11.05.2012 15:18
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        great hot cloth cleanser for dry skin

        No7 are a well known brand, launched by boots in 1935 as a deluxe make up brand, they have divulged into skincare over the years to date and now are one of the leading skincare brands to date. Headed up by Lisa Eldridge, a well known make-up artist, who has spent years trying to get the motto across that skin care should be more important than make-up.

        The No.7 radiance boosting hot cloth cleanser claims that the combination of the cleanser and muslin cloth will leave your skin cleansed, soft and radient. They want you to enjoy the luxury of a spa cleanser in the comfort of your own home. The packaging is true to No.7 form, a simple recycable cardboard box with the ingredients and details on it, containing a large tube with a pump lid. I love that the tube is clear so that you can see how much your using, and i find the pump really makes using the product a lot easier. Its priced at £9 for 200mls but if you get one of those £5 of vouchers that boots always seem to be doing then its even better! It also comes with a muslin cloth

        Just a little bit of background before i go into it, i have dry to combination skin, that has become dryer as time has gone on, and becomes very sensitive. Because of this i use very creamy products, but always double cleanse, one to take of my makeup, and the second to really get into my pores and whatnot.

        Its a very thick luxuriousness cream, which actually i think to some people may feel to heavy, but to my dry skin it feels like a treat. I've been using this to take of my makeup every night before bed. No.7 say this cleanser can be used every day morning and night, but if i'm honest i can really see it clogging up your pores if you did to the richness of it. I tend to use about one pump of the product, applied to dry skin and massaged it in. It has a scent which is slightly synthetic and floral, but not so floral that it overpowers. When your massaging it in, i see the makeup on my face melting off, turning the cream brown (a little gross) but i loved that it did that, because i felt that it was doing what it needed to do. You then take the muslin cloth dampen it in warm water and then using small circular motions massage the product off your skin. No7 say to follow up with cold water, but because i don't use makeup remover, i tend to follow up with the No7 melting gel cleanser to finish up.

        When my skin was cleansed with just the hot cloth, i did feel there was a tiny amount of residue left, and i really don't think the quality of the muslin cloth is up to scratch. It's very small and thin and rather scratchy on my face, and i now don't use it, instead opting for a soft cotton flannel instead.

        After about 2 weeks of using the product i feel like i can finally write a decent review. This product did not break me out, it didn't leave my skin with any excessive dry spots and it didn't sting any of my sore flaky patches. I found that using it in my routine the way i am, it definately works well for my skin, and if anything my skin is clearer than ever and soft. I honestly adore using this product. I find it has really gotten down into the skin and takes all my make up off. I tested the residue with a toner, and was suprised to find that hardly any makeup was left on my skin. Also i think the product has made me really spend time on massaging my skin, it definately helps get the circulation going, and in my head i feel that this has helped my skin heal a lot faster.

        I would definately recommend this product to anyone with skin like mine, however if your skin is a little more oily, then it may not be for you. But at four pounds (with the voucher) it really is worth a go.

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        16.01.2012 17:30

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        Definately worth buying

        I used to use a hot cloth cleanser that cost over double what this cleanser costs but thought it was the best and worth the money - Until I tried this! It is so creamy when applied and removes every trace of make-up first time, even heavy eye make-up. I use one and a half pumps of cleanser which is enough to cover my whole face, I wait a few minutes then use a warm damp flannel to wipe the cleanser off. It literally removes every trace of make-up leaving your face feeling clean and fresh. I used to suffer with frequent outbreaks of spots and now I hardly get any.

        I love this cleanser because I can clip my hair back and wash my face then take out the grips and my hair is perfect. With foaming cleansers I find I get the product in my hairline which leaves it damp when rinsing it off and greasy once dry.

        I use this cleanser every morning and night without fail and a 200ml bottle lasts me about 6 weeks.

        The only negative I can find with this product is that I do not like the free cloth that comes with the product, I find it a quite rough. I just use a regular flannel to wipe it off.

        If you're not convinced, use a make-up wipe to clean your face. Then use this product and use a white flannel to wipe it off. I guarantee you will see make-up traces on the flannel that the wipe failed to remove.

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        27.07.2011 18:47
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        well worth a try

        I have always been a great believer in cleansing my face because I wear quite a lot of make-up, I perspire quite a lot (since the menopause) plus I am not the healthiest eater around and any stress seems to show up immediately in my face. There you have it - my four personal reasons for using a cleanser.

        Until a few months ago I used to buy Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish but due to the recession I have looking for ways of cutting down on skincare products so I was pleased to find Boots do a Hot Cloth Cleanser which works on the same principle, but at a much better price. The 200ml cleanser costs £8.75 but luckily I had a £5 off voucher so I was delighted!

        The bottle comes in a cardboard box which is recyclable and the cleanser is dispensed via pump action. I had to push it down several times before it got going properly but since then I have had no problems. I like the fact that I can see how much of the product I am using (unlike Liz Earle's pump action containers) so I can replace it in good time.

        The cleanser comes with a muslin cloth which may a little harsh for younger/ more sensitive skins - however, I like the roughness as it acts as a great exfoliator material. I draw the line at buying the cloths separately though as they do seem overpriced and am content to use any muslin cloth.

        The cleanser itself is quite thick and creamy and works easily into the skin. It seems to be almost fragrance-free - just a hint of freshness so I would say this could be used by men as well as women.

        Nothing exciting seems to happen when you apply this cleanser but it certainly works as the evidence is on the muslin cloth which, when run under a very warm tap and squeezed almost dry, reveals all the dirt, grime and make-up from my face. I have not used this around the eye area (preferring to use an eye make-up remover as I have sensitive eyes) but it is very mild so I cannot see a problem.

        The cleanser seems to really open up the pores and deep clean the skin and, after using toner and moisturiser, my face looks fresh and peachy although I wouldn't exactly say i looked radiant (as the name suggests)

        summary
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        - a great price compared to other similar products
        - easy to use
        - good consistency
        - does not dry the face
        - easy to remove
        - definitely works for me
        - highly recommended

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          10.05.2011 18:34
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          Affordable spa like treatment in the comfort of your own home.

          When you go into Boots it is easy to get overwelmed by sheer choice of items. As I am on a strict-ish budget going to a spa or getting a facial done on a regular basis is a no-no so I decided to D.I.Y.
          I was given £5.00 off No7 and decided that a £4.00 for 200ml I wouldn't be able to find anything like No7 so bought it (before discount price £9.00).
          So novices how does Hot Cloth treatments work? You apply the creamy (very nice smelling) cleanser to your face massaging it in using circular movements. It's applied to dry skin. Once it's applied, you run the cloth under hot (not boiling) and then place it on your face (ideally covering the majority of your face). You then sit back and let the cloth and cleanser work on your face. You then remove any excess cleanser left by washing your face with water.
          How did I find the experience? The cleanser I found started to literally started disappearing into my skin before using the cloth revealing that my skin was clearly dry and needed hydration. Although it was recommended to use the cloth just the once, I found using the cloth twice on my face was very benefical to my skin as the cleanser that was remaining from the first application disappeared on the second application of the hot cloth. Plus I enjoyed the hot cloths feel on my skin, and found the cloth went cold very quickly, thus I rinsed it and ran it under hot water again.
          My skin felt not only clean, but soft after the application. I often have a shining T-zone, however after the treatment I noticed it wasn't that shiny.
          The packaging of the product is simple, yet elegant which in my opinion sums up the No7 packing for all its products.
          Is this produce worth the price? Yes, without a doubt. I looked around Boots at other Hot Cloth Cleansers and found this one more economical.
          After using this product 3 times, I have noticed I am using less and less of it, prehaps that is a sign it is working on my skin?
          The cloth at first seemed a bit rough, however it now feels much better (and smoother) so maybe it would benefit from a prewash.
          I would recommend this product to my friends and family, and have already recommended it to my mum. I'm in my twenties, and this product has suited me very nicely. Mum is in her late forties and says she liked the feeling of her skin (soft) after the first application. This product will last for ages.
          I would buy this at full price too if need be, however everytime I now get hold of a £5.00 off No7 I know what to buy.

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          18.04.2011 13:28
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          A lovely product

          ==Boots No.7 Hot cloth Cleanser==

          I like to take full advantage of any discount voucher I have and when I get one of the £5 off No.7 products for Boots I make sure that I get stocked up on anything I know that I may well need. However the last voucher I received was sitting in my purse for some time before I made an appearance at Boots and decided what I wanted to buy. So when I got to the checkout the lady informed me that the voucher had expired and went on to ring the item through the till. I felt obliged to carry on with my purchase of an item which I probably wouldn't have purchased without expecting to receive the £5 off. However I did buy it under duress and luckily I was still able to get my double points and my professional 10% discount on the RRP.

          I hadn't used this product before but I was well aware of other products that are similar but sold by different companies. The Hot Cloth Cleanser from Liz Earle is a particular favourite of mine but at a colossal price for a large bottle is not something that I buy regularly (my friend works there so I often wait for a birthday or Christmas present from her which is made up of a lot of Liz Earle goodies).

          So for a 200 ml you are looking at paying £9 which is not a bad price for the amount you get. Of course it would have been an even better price had I managed to use my voucher whilst it was still in date. Enough said about that! This is about half the price of the same product from Liz Earle so already there is a saving to be made with getting this brand instead. The tube of product comes housed within a cardboard box and also contains a little muslin cloth for which to remove the product from your face. The cloth is only thin and small and isn't actually as good as the ones which you get from Liz Earle and I would also recommend washing this one before use as it was rather hard at first but a wash did soften it up and make it nicer to use.

          The design of the bottle is a good one and the clear plastic of both the bottle and the lid make it easy to see how much of the Hot Cloth Cleanser you have left and the pump action of the bottle makes the product easy to get out and use. I found a simple one pump was good enough to get a nice amount of the cleanser to adequately clean my face with and this meant that the bottle as a whole does last a long time. The design of the bottle is a good one overall and not only practical but looks good too.

          The cleanser itself is a nice white colour and has a very fresh and light cosmetic aroma to it. It is a nice thick consistency when it comes out of the tube but once applied to the face rubs in well and moves across the skin with ease. The directions for use are very simple and all you need to is to take a small amount of the cleanser and massage it over a dry face in the recommended circular motions. This works at removing all the dead skin cells from your skin and rids it of the daily grime and make up which may well be lingering there. Once the cleanser has been evenly worked into the skin you can then get you (machine washed) muslin cloth and run that under nice hot water. It needs to be wet buy not dripping so as the cloth then needs to be draped over your face and the warmth of the cloth needs to soak into the skin to open all the pores whilst you relax. After a minute or so with the cloth over your face you then need to work in the same circular motions to remove all of the product with the cloth. This is very easily done and feels absolutely wonderful.

          I tend to rinse the cloth out again in nice warm water and go over my face for a second or even third time to ensure that all of the product has been removed and all the the dirt too. After you are sure that all of the product is gone you then are recommended to splash your face with cold water to seal your pores closed again and to finalise the whole process. This not only revives your skin but gives you a little bit of a wake up too! After this has been done a good moisturers then needs to be applied to soften and hydrate the skin (or course Boots recommended using another No 7 product but any moisturiser will do in my opinion).

          The results of using this Hot Cloth Cleanser are really very good and my skin definitely has a new lease of life. The glow which the product gave me was really very much the same as when I have used the far more expensive Liz Earle product of the same nature. My pores are clean and healthy and my skin looks as though it has had a layer taken away and a new fresher version of me is left behind. I haven't had skin as clean as this in a long time and I really do like the product for this reason.

          The whole process of using the Hot Cloth cleanser was relaxing and enjoyable and the bottle I have is still going strong after a good couple of months of daily use. A little of the cleanser does really go a long was in terms of usages but also goes a long way to giving better looking and feeling skin. The cleanser didn't dry my skin out at all and even though you do need to use a good moisturiser after using it my skin felt soft and fresh with a look of youthfulness about it.

          The product is well worth the full price of £9 and I have to say that I am most certainly going to be buying it again. I will probably try to get another No 7 £5 money off voucher to use when buying it as I expect that by the time I am coming to an end of this bottle that they will be pumping those out again. I think it would be suitable for all skin types as the fragrance to very light and the product itself is very luxurious and kind to the skin.

          Overall it has got to be a big thumbs up for this product and a top score of 5 out of 5 stars. Recommended to all!


          I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

          many thanks for taking the time to read.

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            08.08.2010 16:52
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            Good, but not great

            My favourite ever cleanser is No.7's Soft and Soothed cleanser, although admittedly I do tend to chop and change a bit. A few months ago I acquired one of those £5 off No.7 vouchers that Boots tend to dish out periodically, and planned to spend it on another bottle of the Soft and Soothed. When I got to the No.7 counter though, this hot cloth cleanser caught my eye, and I couldn't resist trying it.

            Last year I finally got round to trying Cleanse and Polish which is a Liz Earle product and the first hot cloth cleanser that came out onto the market. It is a hugely popular product with a huge following, but I must admit I wasn't overly impressed and didn't see what all the fuss was about. Despite that, when I saw No.7's version and with a voucher burning a hole in my pocket, I was intrigued to see what it was like and hoped it would live up to the Soft and Soothed from the same range.

            The cleanser is packaged in a blue cardboard box and comes in a clear bottle with a pump dispenser. Although I have found the pump dispenser is easy to press down and dispenses a good, measured amount of product I have found one flaw with the packaging. The problem is that the cleanser seems to set in the nozzle of the pump, therefore often when I dispense the cleanser onto my hand, I also get a little hard lump of cleanser come out too, which is pretty gross!

            I also didn't like that only one cloth is supplied. As this is a product that should be used morning and night, I think it would be better to supply two. I find if you have been removing make-up especially the cloth gets quite dirty and even when rinsed thoroughly, I often still feel the need to put it in the washing machine, so it would be handy to have a backup cloth so to speak. Luckily for me I kept the Liz Earle ones.

            To use this, you simply depress the pump to dispense the cleanser - I find I sometimes need two, especially if I am removing make-up, and massage into the face. You then need to soak the cloth in hot water and rub over the face in a circular motion to remove the cleanser and any dirt/make-up. The benefit of the cloth is that the heat opens up the pores to give a deep down clean whilst the texture of the muslin cloth gently exfoliates.

            I remember when I first used this, I really didn't like the smell of it. Now that I am nearly at the end of the bottle I really don't know why that is, as I now don't even notice a scent when I'm using it. If I had to say it smelled like anything, I would say it was a very soft floral.

            The cleanser feels creamy when applied to my skin and it's a nice consistency so smoothes easily across the face. When it comes to removing the cleanser, I like having the heat of the cloth on my face, and I also like the rough feeling of the cloth, which is slightly scratchy but not at all uncomfortable against the skin.

            I find that the product is very effective as a cleanser and gets rid of all traces of make-up. I've even found it will take off waterproof mascara and eyeliner effectively.

            After cleansing my skin feels clean, and isn't tight or dehydrated in the way it can become when using some cleansers. Even so, I must say I was a little bit disappointed that it wasn't as skin softening as the Soft and Soothed cleanser, especially as this one is more expensive. I'd say the way it made my skin feel was very average, and it didn't seem to do anything to improve the appearance of my skin either unfortunately.

            A 200ml bottle of this is £8.75 from Boots which is reasonable value for a hot cloth cleanser, but still around £1 more than the other No.7 cleansers. Still if compared to other hot cloth cleansers on the market it's a really good price. Soap and Glory's version for example is £8.99 but you only get 100ml of product, The Sanctuary's is £9.99 for 125ml and the Liz Earle one is £11.50 for 100ml, so you do get a lot of product for your money here.

            Overall I found this to be a good cleanser which is effective at what it does so it would be unfair to give it less than four stars. Personally I don't think I would buy it again, because I think there are cheaper cleansers around which do just as good a job and seem to suit my skin better. If however, you're looking to try a hot cloth cleanser, this one is pretty decent, and is one of the cheapest on the market, so I'd recommend it.

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              20.07.2010 17:35

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              Leaves skin soft, exfoliated and cleansed

              I decided to try this cleanser after looking for something to spend my £5 No7 voucher on! It was a new product at the time and caught my eye, as I have always fancied trying the Liz Earle product which also uses a muslin cloth to remove the cleanser. It costs £8.75 for 200ml and the muslin cloth is included in the price. Also with the regular £5 voucher offer it makes it a bargain! The bottle is pump action, so easy to dispense just the amount you need. It has a delicate smell, not overpowering, and a nice, creamy consistency. You massage it in for a minute then wring out the cloth under hot water, then place the hot cloth over your face for a moment to open your pores. Then gently remove the cleanser with the cloth using a circular motion. Finally a quick rinse with cool water and your done! It leaves my skin soft and thoroughly cleansed and removes all my eye make up as long as I gently use the cloth around my eye area and eyelashes. I wash the cloth in the machine once or twice a week to keep it clean. My skin type is oily and it doesn't leave a greasy residue despite having a creamy texture.

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              A cheaper alternative to Liz Earle's Hot Cloth Cleanser

              I usually use Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish which I'm very happy with so decided to try this as a cheaper alternative. I paid £8.75 for 200ml (Liz Earle's equivalent product would cost £21.50 for the same amount not including a muslin cloth so quite a hefty saving.)

              The Boots Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser comes in a pump dispenser which I definitely like (much easier to use than a tube) and has a creamy soft texture. It does not say in the instructions that this product is suitable for removing eye make up like the Liz Earle version, however, I have been smothered in the stuff, including my eyes, and have not experienced any discomfort to the eyes when opening them. I do not wear eye make up so cannot say whether it would remove it or not.

              The product has a subtle floral fragrance which is pleasant enough and not very overpowering.

              If you like the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish I would say the Soap and Glory Hot Pore Cleanser is more similar to the Liz Earle version than the Boots one, especially the smell. However, the product is nice enough and for those on a budget I would say go for it!

              My only gripe is that the muslin cloth that comes with this product is quite rough and, although it's probably OK to give your face a good old scrub once a week or so, I certainly wouldn't subject my face to this every morning and evening!

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              03.05.2010 12:41
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              Perfect for adult skin which behaves like a teenager

              I am an absolute nightmare when it comes to skin care, if you have read any of my other reviews, you will know I am now, at 26, having my teen breakouts, trying to combat combination very dry and very greasy skin, and developing very slight (almost unnoticeable except to me) rosacea around my nose! I have tried the most expensive and the cheapest, the most sought after and the unusual and last year I finally settled for No 7, I have been using the range coming up 12 months now, and I can't help but continue to fall in love with their products. Take this Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser, for example. I was bought this as a gift by my friend who works in Boots for always giving her lifts everywhere.

              First thing to note, the dispenser is brilliant, it's like those tubes of toothpaste you get which your Mam would never let you have because they're too expensive, as you pump, the interior of the tube moves up, it's some kind of suction system which will definitely have a technical name, but that's beyond my knowledge! It looks lovely though and the cream inside looks rich and thick, very luxurious, complemented by the gold lettering of No 7.

              The dispenser comes with a muslin cloth. These are quite expensive to buy direct from Boots, should you want to replace it (I have a spare for when one is in the wash) so I recommend shopping around if you need more. The product costs £8.75 for 200ml, including one muslin cloth, which I think is excellent value for money as it lasts so long. Even better value if you have a triple points coupon or a No 7 £5 off Voucher from Boots.

              So, onto the methodology; it's quite simple, but important to get right to see the full benefits, rather than just using the product as another facial wash. You dispense a small amount on to your finger tips, control how much you use by only pressing the pump half way, then close your eyes and massage over the face in upward circular movements. Run the muslin under the hot tap, as hot as you can stand it, wring it out then lay it over your face. Sit back and relax until you feel the cloth cool. No time for that? Then just skip that step press the cloth on your face whilst hot for a moment and move on; it's still as effective just not as relaxing! Now, although the instructions don't tell you to do this, I rinse the cloth at this stage and then polish off the cleanser using it, again in circular motions. The reason being is because if I didn't rinse the cloth in between, I found I was left with a lot of residue on my face from the cleanser. The cleanser is so rich and creamy; it really comforts your skin and almost negates the need for moisturiser.

              The product is particularly great for removing every day make-up, though you would still need to use a separate make-up remover for the stubborn stuff. In fact when you rub it in to your skin, you can see the make-up lift from your face and be dissolved from your skin by the cleanser! Your pores are now relaxed and have had a deep spa quality cleanse. Splash your face with cold water to close them up and tone you face, removing any residue from the cleanser. Pat (don't rub) your face dry and apply moisturiser - no need for a separate toner. The cleanser claims to work two-fold; not only cleansing your face, but also boosting your radiance - I don't think it's particularly the cleanser that does this, but more the process of massaging your skin, applying the hot cloth and removing the dead dull skin cells with the polishing action.

              Whatever I think, it works. My skin looks fantastic at the moment, my redness has even reduced. I use this daily and have completely replaced my current No 7 cleanser and toner with it (which separately cost £6.50 each). I complement the product with a once-a-week microdermabrasion and I use No 7 moisturiser too. My skin looks superb - clear, bright, fresh and young, normally, I am quite a shy person but I saw some girl pondering over the product in Boots recently and I went over and told her she NEEDS it. I always ask myself, when writing reviews on here, would I recommend the product to my best friend or family. The answer to this one is yes - without hesitation.

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                28.03.2010 23:08
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                Mini facial at home, but use a thicker cloth

                I bought this product recently as I had one of the £5 off No7 vouchers and had been using the No7 Age Defense Cleanser which I love, so thought I would give this a go as it sounded like having a mini facial in the comfort of your own home.

                I was impressed with the look of it, it comes in a large clear bottle, with a pump dispenser and the contents is pure white and looks very thick and creamy. The pump dispenses a generous amount which I use on face and neck and one pump is plenty to do this. The directions tell you to use your fingers to apply the cream in an upward circular motion over your face and then to run the muslin cloth (supplied in the box) under comfortably warm water before placing over your face to allow the heat to open your pores. Then use the muslin to gently wipe off the cleanser and splash face with cold water to close your pores.

                I did exactly as the instructions advised but was highly disappointed with the muslin cloth, it kept its heat for all of 1 second before going cold and unpleasant and so I didn't want to keep it on my face for long. The cloth was useful, however for using to wipe off the cleanser as is slightly abrasive and therefore gives slight exfoliation. I found it much more luxurious using a thick fluffy flannel which I got from The Body Shop to place, warm, over my face as it kept the heat for alot longer.

                Overall, I was really impressed with this product, it left my face feeling very clean and awake, although it did feel a little dry until I put my moisturiser on, but don't most cleansers. I shall definitely be purchasing this again when the next set of No7 vouchers come out :)

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                18.03.2010 21:25
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                A mini facial every day

                My Mum bought me this for Christmas and I just started using it a few weeks ago. This is piggy-backing off the popularity of the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish range, it is clearly all the rage to be using muslin cloths to clean your face now!

                This is a typical No.7 product which matches the range. The bottle is clear plastic which shows the creamy white cleanser inside. It has a pump action dispenser and a clear lid.

                Press the pump and a big blob of cleanser is dispensed. This is nice and thick and creamy. The directions say to massage it into your skin in small upward circles. Run the muslin cloth under hot water, wring it out and place it over your face to open the pores. This is supposed to be the feeling of the 'luxury spa facial'. Use the cloth to rub the cleanser off in little circular motions, I like this as it exfoliates because the muslin is slightly rough. You finish off with a splash of cold water and pat your face dry.

                This is a lovely cleanser, it is so creamy that even once I've washed it off I can feel some residue that feels very moisturising. My skin does not feel dry at all like it does when I use some other cleansers.

                I should also note that this is hypo-allergenic so even those with sensitive skin can use it without fear of coming out in a rash.

                My only gripe is that the dispenser is a little too generous and I don't need to use it all so some goes to waste, I can't help but feel like it would last longer if the blobs were smaller, but I'm pretty stingy!

                The bottle is 200ml and costs £8.75 which is a very good price for quite a luxurious product. What I love about No.7 is that there are £5 vouchers given out at Boots quite often so it works out as an even better deal!

                After using this cleanser I'm keen to try other No.7 products as this has really impressed me.

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